Everbody has his own taste and preferences when it comes to deciding either to buy an electric or acoustic guitar. Likewise, people also have different tastes of sound and tone. Some like softer tones, some like brighter tones, etc. So these are just recommendations according to my opinion and may differ from yours. But neverthless, these are what I found to be good guitars for beginners and I assure you of their quality.
Acoustic guitar recommendation
Below is a list of some good acoustic guitars for beginners.
For beginner acoustic guitars, I recommend the Yamaha F370 acoustic guitar. Yamaha makes good guitars for beginners. They are well known worldwide for making pro sounding guitars at cheaper prices. Yamaha guitars are made in China and the reason for cheaper prices of their guitars is the availability of premium woods and human labor for cheap in China. It is said that a $300 – $400 Yamaha guitar can compete a $700 guitar that other brands make in other countries.
That said, my brother owns a Yamaha F370DW. When first purchased, the action was very high which happens sometimes when you first buy a new guitar. That means the strings were too far away from the fretboard. So it was a little painful to press down the strings and was less enjoyable. So I adjusted the action to make the string a little closer to the fretboard. After the adjustment, I was surprised by the quality of the Yamaha F370. Now the fretboard and the strings felt very smooth and enjoyable to play and the sound was bright, clear and beautiful.
It felt better than my own Takamine EG 440C electro acoustic guitar which cost me around $450 (note that the electronics in the EG440C make it a little bit costlier). Takamine is also a great guitar brand known for making great guitars at lower cost that many people compare to the costlier taylor guitars. So, considering that the yamaha F370 can compete with a costlier guitar, I can vouch that it is a very good guitar for beginners.
For a little cheaper price, you can also have a look at the Yamaha F310. It is also a great beginner guitar. The difference is the wood they are made up of. Both have spruce tops but the F370 has meranthi back and sides and the F310 has nato (plywood) back and sides. Due to that, the F370 will sound a little better.
When purchasing an acoustic guitar, be sure to check the action of the guitar. If the action is too high, it becomes painful to play – especially for beginners. And if the action is too low, the strings are easier to press down but make unwanted buzzing sound. Most acoustic guitars have a truss rod that runs within the neck.You can access this from under the sound hole to adjust the action. Caution – if you have never tried adjusting the truss rod before, do not try to adjust it yourself. You could destroy your guitar. Take the guitar to a luthier or to an experienced person and ask him to do it for you just to be on the safer side.
Electric guitar recommendation
If you are more interested in electric guitars, below are some recommendations of good electric guitars for beginners.
I don’t have an electric guitar but my brother owns a Fender telecaster electric guitar. Yeah, I’m the poor elder brother who only has an electro acoustic guitar.
I play my brother’s telecaster quite often and I can honestly recommend it to anyone looking to buy an electric guitar. It has a very nice tone which is unique to the fender telecaster. If you are on a budget, and would like to purchase a telecaster, you should choose the Mexican made telecaster. They are cheaper than the American made telecaster. They sound a little different but both are good guitars for beginners.
Epiphone les paul 100
Or if you prefer a more rock or metal kind of sound, you can have a look at the Epiphone les paul 100. The Epiphone les paul series are very flashy and good looking guitars and have more rock or metal tone to it. The Epiphone series of les pauls are cheaper versions of the original Gibson les pauls. If you have the money, you may also consider the original Gibson les paul series.
So those are my recommendations of some good guitars for beginners. There are plenty of guitars from other brands too but these are the ones I have used (except for the epiphone) and liked. You can compare and check if they suit you.
You may also read my post on Acoustic guitar buying guide for beginners where I show you what you need to check when buying an acoustic guitar.